Over the past couple of weeks, even more people took part in the many blocos , or street parties, dancing and drinking into the wee hours of the night. Collected below are images of Carnival festivities in Brazil. A member of the Grande Rio samba school performs during the first night of Rio's carnival parades at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on February 23, Academicos do Cubango during the samba-school parades held at the Sambadrome, for Carnival, in Rio de Janeiro, on February 22, Members of Beija Flor samba school perform during the second night of Rio's Carnival parades at the Sambadrome. Members of the Salgueiro samba school perform at the Sambadrome in Rio on February 24, Revelers participate in the Amigos da Onca street party in Rio on February 22, Performers from the Salgueiro samba school parade at the Sambadrome in Rio on February 25, A reveler in a costume poses for the picture at the "Ceu na Terra" or Heaven on Earth street party in Rio de Janeiro on February 22, A performer from the Grande Rio samba school parades during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio on February 24,
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In Rio de Janeiro, tens of thousands of spectators jammed into the Sambadrome to watch the spectacle of samba-school floats, dancers, and extravagant costumes during Carnival. Even more people took part in the many blocos , or street parties, dancing and drinking into the wee hours of the night. Members of the Grande Rio samba school perform during the first night of Rio's Carnival at the Sambadrome in Rio, early on March 4, Performers from the Salgueiro samba-school parade during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio on March 4, A reveler from the Salgueiro samba school performs during the first night of the Carnival parade in Rio. Bloco da Lama started in with teenagers playing with mud, and became a traditional event in the historical city of Paraty. A man helps a youth with his animal costume as they prepare for the Cordao da Bicharada Carnival celebration in Cameta, Para, Brazil, on March 3, Carnival in Cameta celebrates the forest, putting animals at the forefront as an ecological manifest in defense of the protection of the Amazon.
Carnival is one of the most significant events in the Brazilian calendar, spanning several days up until Ash Wednesday. The supercharged, lively celebrations consist of samba competitions between rival dance schools, parades and block parties, with revellers dressing in vibrant costumes as they take to the streets. Rio Carnival can trace its roots back to European pagan traditions and Catholicism, having originally been observed as a food festival in the lead-up to Lent. Click through the gallery above to see the best pictures captured at this year's Rio Carnival festivities. It is said that the block party, which takes its name from the Carmelite Convent in the area, was inspired by the story of a Catholic nun, who one day left her convent to partake in a carnival street party. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Want to discuss real-world problems, be involved in the most engaging discussions and hear from the journalists? Start your Independent Premium subscription today. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more.
A row has broken out in Brazil over plans to make a seven-year-old girl the 'queen' of a samba school in this year's Rio de Janeiro carnival. The role of 'drum corps queen' is normally given to a barely-clad model or soap opera star. The decision to appoint Julia Lira to the coveted role has caused such controversy that a judge is considering blocking her participation.